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Oral history interview with Betty Gold

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.7 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0007

Betty Potash Gold, born in 1930 in Trochenbrod, Poland (Sofiïvka, Ukraine), describes the large Jewish community in her town; hearing rumors of Nazis killing Jews in western Poland; how her father and uncle built hiding places for the family; the Nazi invasion when she was nine years old; the roundup of the Jewish population by Nazi forces; escaping and finding her family in one of the hiding places; the death of her cousin’s baby; how all the local Jews were shot in the town’s center; how she and her family spent the entire war hiding in the woods; being in charge of stealing and scrounging for food; hearing that Jews were still alive and working in Trochenbrod and how her family investigated only to find that a second massacre was taking place; being helped by a Christian family friend; changing hiding places; going back to the town for food and escaping as Nazis shot at them; living in a swamp; being found by Russian partisans and how her family worked for the partisans for the rest of the war; how her older brother died in the Russian Army; living in a displaced persons camp in Austria; and immigrating to the United States in 1946.

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Gold, Betty
interview:  2007 April 19
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:12
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